Beefing-up show competition
It’s set to be the largest showing of Speckle Park at the Royal Melbourne Show, with Pine Lodge stud Jackungah Speckle Park hoping to put in a good showing at this year’s event with 10 cows.
Having secured Reserve Senior Champion Cow last year, stud owner Jack Nelson said he hoped they would perform well for their seventh year at the show when the Speckle Park Feature Show begins on September 30.
The beef breed originated in Canada and animals are predominately black and white, known for their unique speckled hips and shoulders.
‘‘There’s about 90 entered this year so hopefully we’ll be able to get one up near the top,’’ Mr Nelson said.
‘‘It’ll be strong competition — it’s a record number of entries so it’ll be the biggest Speckle Park show (held at the Royal Melbourne Show).
‘‘It’s gone well for us before, a couple of cows in particular, but it’s a bigger competition this year so it’ll be tough. It’ll be a quality event.’’
Mr Nelson said the stud had spent the past four months preparing its show cattle, with daily washing to ensure the distinctive speckled pattern is primed for show day. ■ Competition starts at 10.30 am on Saturday, September 30 at the livestock pavilion at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Showgirl . . . Jackungah Speckle Park’s Jack Nelson with last year’s Reserve Senior Champion Cow.